9 Dazzling Discoveries Of Ancient Gold Treasure

These stunning pictures of priceless artefacts reveal the seductive power of gold.

Humans have had an admiration for beautiful gold objects for at least 8,000 years, according to archaeologists who excavated sites across the world where these glittering artefacts have been discovered.

Finding any metal—much less precious gold—in archaeological sites is very rare, since metal objects were frequently melted down and recycled when they no longer served their purpose. This makes the discovery of large gold collections from the ancient world even more remarkable.

Lead Image: Howard Carter's 1922 discovery of the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen counts among the most important in archaeological history. Among the magnificent artefacts is this 3,300-year old falcon pendant of the god Re-Horakhti, made of gold, carnelian, chalcedony, and coloured glass paste. PHOTOGRAPH BY KENNETH GARRETT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Discuss this article

Newsletter

Never miss a Nat Geo moment

Your email address
Submit
We use our own and third-party cookies to improve our services, personalise your advertising and remember your preferences. If you continue browsing, or click on the accept button on this banner, we understand that you accept the use of cookies on our website. For more information visit our Cookies Policy AcceptClose cookie policy overlay